Gli scatti di questo concorso fotografico scuotono la nostra coscienza ambientale

Gli scatti di questo concorso fotografico scuotono la nostra coscienza ambientale

Per i più importanti concorsi di fotografia naturalistica è tempo di bilanci. Se il “Nature Photographer of the Year 2017”, indetto dal National Geographic—a cui partecipa anche la grande fotografa di orsi polari Daisy Gilardini—accetta concorrenti fino al 17 novembre, altri contest sono già conclusi.

Come il “Nikon Small World”—dedicato agli scatti che mostrano la meraviglia di ciò che è invisibile a occhio nudo—o il concorso di fotografia subacquea “Through your Lens”. Sono stati da poco annunciati anche i bellissimi scatti vincitori del Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Il Wildlife Photographer of the Year è il concorso di fotografia naturalistica più importante al mondo. Organizzato dal Museo di Storia Naturale di Londra, esiste dal 1964. Ogni anno decine di migliaia di foto provenienti da più di 100 Paesi, appartenenti a diverse categorie—dai ritratti di animali ai paesaggi mozzafiato a opere fotogiornalistiche—vengono vagliate attentamente da una giuria selezionata. Oltre ai vincitori delle singole categorie, sono eletti un vincitore assoluto fra gli adulti e uno fra i minori di 17 anni. Scopriamo insieme le foto più belle dell’edizione 2017.

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Le foto del Wildlife Photographer of the Year che scuotono la nostra coscienza ambientale

Il vincitore assoluto del concorso è Brent Stirton. Scattata nel parco sudafricano di Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, la sua foto, davvero molto forte, ritrae un rinoceronte nero ucciso e scornato. La distruzione del suo habitat e soprattutto il bracconaggio illegale per il suo corno hanno portato il rinoceronte nero sulla soglia dell’estinzione: negli ultimi decenni la popolazione è diminuita del 90%. La foto è tratta da un reportage dell’autore dedicato al contrabbando di corni di rinoceronte.

Esta vaina si que me rompe el alma. #Repost @natgeo ・・・ Photograph by @brentstirton | Poachers killed this black rhinocerous for its horn with high-caliber bullets at a water hole in South Africa’s Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. They entered the park illegally, likely from a nearby village, and are thought to have used a silenced hunting rifle. Once the most numerous rhino species, black rhinos are now critically endangered due to poaching and the illegal international trade in rhino horn, one of the world’s most corrupt illegal wildlife networks. – @brentstirton was awarded the prestigious @nhm_wpy Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 title for this compelling image taken on assignment for @natgeo. Brent’s image will be on display with other images selected by an international panel of judges at the 53rd Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the @natural_history_museum in London. #WPY53

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Per la sezione Comportamento nella categoria Anfibi e rettili è risultata vincitrice questa bellissima fotografia di una tartaruga liutola più grande fra le tartarughe marine—che torna verso il mare dopo aver deposto le uova. È una specie molto vulnerabile: soffre particolarmente l’inquinamento delle acque, anche perché ingerisce sacchetti di plastica confondendoli con le meduse. La foto è di Brian Skerry.

Photo by @BrianSkerry. A leatherback sea turtle crawls back to the sea after laying her eggs on the beach at Sandy Point, located on the island of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. Listed as vulnerable, this species of sea turtle has an ancestry that dates back more than 100 million years. Today they face a number of anthropogenic stresses – including entanglement in fishing gear, poaching and climate change – which affects the sex of turtle hatchlings. Sandy Point is a National Wildlife Refuge, managed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service who are responsible for protecting these nesting beaches. The combination of conservation efforts here and in the nearby Buck Island Reef National Monument have benefitted sea turtle species in this region. I made this photo under moonlight at 2am, after weeks of working at night on these beaches. Being in this place with these ancient animals was like traveling back in time to a primordial Earth. This picture won first place in the Reptiles and Amphibians Category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition on October 17th in London. Photographed for the February 2017 cover story in @natgeo about saving our oceans. To see more ocean wildlife photos and read the stories behind them, follow me – @BrianSkerry – on Instagram. #WPY53 #conservation #climatechange #seaturtle #travelphoto #follow #travelphotography #photography #naturephotography #turtle #cute #longexposure #followme #natgeo #stcroix #usvi #caribbean #ocean #beach #turle #sea #climate #nightphoto #night

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La foto di Aaron Gekoski che ha vinto la sezione Fotogiornalismo naturalistico sottolinea gli effetti devastanti della deforestazione causata dall’industria dell’olio di palma. Elefanti appartenenti a diverse generazioni attraversano le fasce di una piantagione di palme da olio, nell’isola del Borneo.

Palm Oil Survivors: Winner of Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Photojournalist category, single image. I am overjoyed to share that my image has won this esteemed award. Seen as the ‘Wildlife Oscars’, it’s a competition I never for a second thought I’d win. However, whilst it’s a wonderful feeling, it’s an image I’d gladly not have taken. Hopefully you’ll read on to hear the story behind the shot, or even better, share this to raise awareness for the elephant situation here in Borneo. On the eastern coast of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, lives a dwindling population of elephants. Today, only around 1,500-2,000 of the world's smallest sub-species of elephant remains. Although now a conservation priority, the threat of extinction looms. The Bornean elephant is losing its home to development and for the agricultural industry, particularly palm oil. This versatile vegetable oil is found in products worldwide – from toothpaste and shampoo, to cereal and ice cream – and forms a vital part of Malaysia's economy. Yet its popularity doesn’t come without costs. Elephants have had to adapt to their changing environment and are frequently found in plantations, eating and destroying valuable crops. This has put them in the firing line and many are killed or injured every year. The @sz.tv team and I have spent the best part of two years documenting human-animal conflict in Borneo. This particular image was taken during filming for an upcoming documentary we are producing on the issue, On the Brink. We were on a collaring mission with scientists from Danau Girang Field Centre and the Wildlife Rescue Unit, two parties working tirelessly to protect these animals. With the light fading fast, we saw three generations of elephant pass through a palm terrace and I managed to fire away a couple of shots. Afterwards, we caught up with another herd, darted a matriarch and attached a satellite collar to her. The data generated will help researchers here to understand the elephants’ movements and mitigate future conflict. #wpy53 #wildlifephotographeroftheyear #borneo #winner #photojournalist #wildlife #palmoil #conservation

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Questa straordinaria immagine di un minuscolo cavalluccio marino ti ricorda l’impatto dell’uomo sulle acque del pianeta. Su una scogliera nelle acque dell’isola di Sumbawa in Indonesia—inquinate da rifiuti plastici—questo cavalluccio maculato se n’è andato avanti e indietro, davanti alla lente del fotografo Justin Hofman, letteralmente passando da un rifiuto all’altro, e aggrappandovisi con la sua codetta.

I vincitori più giovani del Wildlife Photographer of the Year

I vincitori giovani del Wildlife Photographer of the Year sono giovani davvero. Il vincitore assoluto della categoria è Daniel Nelson con la foto di questo gorilla di nove anni di nome Caco, nel parco nazionale di Odzala. L’autore deve ancora terminare le scuole superiori.

Congratulations to Daniël Nelson on being named Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 for his portrait of a western lowland gorilla, and Brent Stirton for winning the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award for his powerful image of a black rhino. The images highlight stories of two critically endangered species: the gorilla lounging on the forest floor as we would wish for these magnificent creatures, and the tragic story of a recently shot and dehorned black rhino in an almost sculptural final pose. The outlook is bleak for black rhinos. Museum mammal expert Richard Sabin explains why images like this matter, despite being hard to look at. Read the story: nhm.ac.uk See all the award-winning winning images from #WPY53 for the first time at the Museum from 20 Oct. Visit the link in our bio for tickets. #WPY53 #Animal #Mammals #Zoology #Rhino #Gorilla #Wildlife #Nature #WPY #WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear #Photography #WildlifePhotography #NaturePhotography #Exhibition #NaturalHistory #NaturalHistoryMuseum #NaturalHistoryMuseumLondon #Museum

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Per la categoria 11-14 anni invece, è risultata vincitrice la giovane americana Ashleigh Scully con la foto di una volpe rossa a testa in giù in un prato innevato del parco di Yellowstone.

I am very honored and humbled to have won the 11-14 year old category of Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 @nhm_wpy! I took this image of a female red fox upended in a snowy meadow just before my 14th Birthday last year in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone. This image reminds me of the constant struggle that wildlife faces on a daily basis, and how resilient and resourceful animals like this fox have to be to survive. I am so glad this image was recognized, and I’m really thankful to have had the opportunity to meet so many other photographers here in London that share my interest in making meaningful photos that may have a positive impact on wildlife. Thank you again to @nhm_wpy for this amazing honor. I hope that my many young photographer friends will enter this great competition this year. #nhm_wpy #wildlifephotographeroftheyear #redfox #youngwildlifephotographeroftheyear #WPY53 #lamarvalley #yellowstonenationalpark #nanpapix #vulpesvulpes #yellowstoneforever #londonnaturalhistorymuseum @ynpforever

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C’è anche un’italiana vincitrice, nella categoria destinata ai più piccoli: si chiama Ekaterina Bee e ha 5 anni! La sua foto, scattata in Norvegia, ritrae dei gabbiani curiosi.

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Altre grandi foto del Wildlife Photographer of the Year

La categoria Ambienti della terra è stata vinta da Laurent Ballesta con la foto straordinaria della parte sommersa di un piccolo iceberg. La foto è stata scattata in Antartide nel corso di una spedizione scientifica: è tratta da un bellissimo reportage, “Meraviglie sotto i ghiacci“.

In acque australiane il fotografo Justin Gilligan è stato sorpreso da un immenso gruppo di granchi giganti: fra loro un polpo affamato, che ha solo l’imbarazzo della scelta. La foto ha vinto la sezione Comportamento della categoria Invertebrati.

Thrilled that this image of a predatory Maori octopus within an aggregation of spider crabs was awarded as the winner of the Behaviour: Invertebrates category of the Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition #wpy53 this week. Really excited to have this amazing opportunity to raise the profile of Australia's unique temperate reef environment. A big thanks to Chrissie Goldrick and the amazingly talented editorial team at Australian Geographic for commissioning my story on Australia's Great Southern Reef. Thanks also to Professor Craig Johnson and his team at the University of Tasmania for allowing me to cover their artificial reef kelp transplant experiment off the east coast of Tasmania, where this encounter took place.

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Per la categoria Mammiferi invece, c’è la stupenda immagine di un raggruppamento di capodogli al largo della costa dello Sri Lanka. Gli animali appaiono screpolati: strusciandosi l’uno contro l’altro provocano l’esfoliazione di pelle morta.

Tony Wu won the Behaviour: Mammals category with his #WPY53 image ‘Giant gathering’. ??? Depicting dozens of sperm whales congregating noisily off the coast of Sri Lanka, Tony realised that this was something special – a gathering of clans, these whales were part of a multi-day congregation. For Tony, the sight filled him with hope that ‘the recovery of sperm whale populations may be going well’. The marble-like appearance of these whales is a sign of skin-sloughing. Large aggregations like this one will rub and roll against each other to exfoliate their neighbour’s dead skin, helping them to maintain hydrodynamic performance. The tactile contact also helps to reinforce social bonds. To see more #WPY53 images or learn more about whales visit the @natural_history_museum London, where both the #WPY and #Whales exhibitions are currently open to visitors. Book your tickets by visiting the link in our bio. @tonywu98 #WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear #Whale #Underwater #UnderwaterPhotography #Nature #NaturePhotography #MarineLife #Whales #Ocean #Photography #WhalesOfInstagram #PhotoOfTheDay #Instagood #Instanature #NaturePhotos #PhotographyCompetition #Sea #MarineMammals #UnderwaterWorld #Spermwhale #SriLanka #TonyWu

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Questa delicata foto in bianco e nero invece è stata dichiarata la più bella ed emozionante nella categoria Ritratti di animali. Ritrae durante un momento di riposo uno scimpanzé dal nome davvero curioso: Totti.

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